Readings for October 11, 2020
Jesus’ message this week is a brutal one. Accept the invitation and be prepared for it, or expect to be uninvited. Like the Seinfeld soup cafe owner, Jesus tells us God is willing to say “no soup for you!” Except it is far more than soup that is on the line. The full promise of God’s majesty is on the line. An eternal banquet of “rich foods and choice wines,” where “only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life.” That’s a big miss.
So how do I make sure that I am prepared? What is the appropriate attire? Simply, I am to be clothed in Christ. In the Catholic Church, this comes from the graces we receive in baptism. But more so, it is an action that I must take every day after. To live with Christ as our garment, we must “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12).
How I treat others is the measure of the appropriateness of my attire. My actions, my words, and my attitude must all reflect the gifts given to me, and my gratefulness for having received Jesus’ invitation. So I need to examine my life against that which I am called to in Christ, that to which I was gifted at my baptism, that which reflects that I am wholly and dearly loved; and respond accordingly.
My Lord Jesus, your message to me is to treat others in a manner that reflects your love and mercy, even when it seems difficult to do so. Through the sacraments, bless me and write your command on my heart so that all that I do is done in your name and for the glory of God the Father. Amen